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in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, including the u.s. ambassador there. christopher stevens and a foreign service information management officer sean smith. other names have not been released yet. that violence, of course, triggered by a u.s.-made film that denounced islam. >> we're understanding that secretary clinton is speaking from the treaty room at the state department, so let's bring in nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, and andrea, we've already seen a statement released from secretary clinton. what else are we expecting to hear? >> reporter: we're going to hear her not only express her profound sorrow but also speak to all of the diplomats. this is really a crushing blow to the foreign service, and chris stevens was personally close to the secretary and close to the president. this is someone who was only appointed by president obama, sworn in to office last may. he had had two prior tours of duty. he been in benghazi during the uprising. he had been on the ground in libya, but also as a career foreign service officer and ambassador in other
happened yesterday in the city of benghazi. a libyan security official told nbc news that the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, was killed when a mob, an armed mob attacked the consulate in benghazi yesterday. first they attacked the consulate with rpgs and then automatic rifles and then set the building on fire. this official says that the u.s. ambassador was holed up in some sort of room and apparently died of smoke inhalation. the u.s. state department has not officially confirmed his death, only saying that a u.s. official has been killed. >> and richard, do we know anything about the identity of the three others that were killed in that attack as well? are they americans, military personnel? >> reporter: we don't know. we know -- we've been told that the u.s. ambassador's body and three other bodies have been taken to the benghazi airport. there are some reports that at least one, perhaps all of them, may have been u.s. marines, but we have not been able to confirm that. our source is only saying that it was the ambassador. three other bodies and that the libyan president and
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